One of the most versatile parts of the human body is the tongue, as is helps us keep ourselves nourished, it also maintains the health of our mouths and helps with communication. But most of you don’t know that the tongue gives information about your emotional and physical health. A little knowledge of the tongue will inform you how your environment, lifestyle and diet affecting you internally.

Tongue is very strong muscle covered with pink tissue and moist. Papillae are the tiny bumps on the tongue’s surface responsible for detecting sour, bitter, salty and sweet tastes. Umami is the fifth taste responsible for glutamate type of tastes.


The tongue provides fascinating and meaningful information about your overall health.

A Healthy Tongue


The coating of the tongue represents the condition of the digestive function. White film on its surface and thin tongue is the perfect tongue coating that indicates functional and healthy digestive tract.

Bacteria grows on the coating so it is impossible to scrape off. According to Chinese medicine white coating is the main sign for indigestion, where white, thin coating is considered as healthy and normal.

Thick Coating & Colors

Thick coating on the tongue indicates imbalance in your body. It could be injury, disease, some functional changes, aging or lifestyle changes.

White, thicker coat is the sign for weakness of physiological function in your body.  Heavy white coat may represent viral infection or that some physiological roles in the organism could not be performed.


Predominance of heat in your body should be indicated with yellow thick coating, or it can be related with bacterial infection or inflammation.


Autoimmune diseases and allergic disorders are manifested by geographic tongue. In this unpleasant situation you have to slow down.

Tongue Colors

According to Chinese medicine, tongue represents the health of your blood and also represents extension of the heart. The tongue shows the overall health of the human body for a longer period of time so that’s the reason why it takes longer time for tongue color to be changed. Pale-red is the ideal color for healthy tongue which represents good circulation.

Bright Red Tongue


Pathological conditions are always related with bright red tongue that indicates inflammation or heat in the blood. At the beginning of the infection, only the tip of the tongue will be red, where the redness will cover the whole tongue in a short period of time.

Pale White Tongue

Tongue-Health-Pale-White-e1435079689467Extremely pale or white tongue shows weakness in the digestive tract that can be also accompanied by bloating, heavy fatigue, extremity coldness and loose stools.

Dry and extremely pale tongue shows blood deficiency frequently marked by anemia, chapped lips, insomnia, impaired memory, dizziness and anxiety.

Purple Blue Tongue

Tongue-Health-Purple-Color-e1435083386596Red purple tongue is usually related with inflammation and certain diseases. Lack of Vitamin B2 – riboflavin is the main reason for this situation. It is common for people with chronic pain or women who experience difficult menstrual cycles.

A tongue with a Red Tip

Tongue-Health-Bright-Red-Tip-e1435080541474The tip of the tongue is the heart area. If you don’t have any signs of illness, red tongue tip can represent emotional turmoil.

The loss of the ability to offset and regulate thermogenic hormones should be indicated by red, shiny tongue. It is common for men who use Lupron or women who start menopause.

A Tongue with Red Sides

Tongue-Health-Red-Sides-e1435081901627Over consumption of alcohol, greasy and spicy foods lead to tongue with red sides. It can be also common for people with irritable bowel syndrome. This situation is also known as liver fire that can be result of resentment or long-standing anger.


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